Peugeot has shown us what the food caravan of the future may look like, in a concept simply called the ‘Foodtruck’.
While the Foodtruck may appear to be little more than a midsized van towing a greyhound carrier, the two vehicles ‘unfold’ to reveal a modern café of sorts on wheels; designed to serve around 30 people.
Peugeot even has a name for the café: Le Bistrot du Lion.
Naturally, for a French café, a full-scale coffee machine dominates the trailer side of the operation which also includes a serving bench.
The van side gets a buffet-style food serving area and an electronic menu screen, while a DJ booth and a pair of free-standing speakers complement the set-up.
The Foodtruck’s chefs enjoy two grilling plates, four induction burners, a deep fryer with a ventilation system and a pair of fridges; a 400-litre under-foot compartment and a 350-litre drinks fridge.
The concept is designed to be as compact as possible when driven as a van and trailer combination, while offering an open and inviting area when used for serving refreshments.
Peugeot says the Foodtruck concept is an “innovative new experience to deliver high-quality food on the go”.
"The end-users are always at the heart of all of our designs - for the Peugeot Foodtruck, we wanted to create a complete food truck experience, not only creating a kitchen for the chef but a restaurant and cafe for the customers,” Peugeot’s Cathal Loughnane said.
“A lot of attention was given to opening up the kitchen and allowing the chef and food preparation to be as close to the public as possible. We also wanted to create a real sense of surprise as the compact Peugeot Foodtruck transforms into amphitheatre-like dining space Le Bistrot du Lion"
The Peugeot Foodtruck is destined to appear at Milan Design Week this month, before a second appearance at the 2015 World's Fair, Expo Milano.